Square-Foot Saturday 17, August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011

Ideal growing conditions with heat and plenty of moisture.

Square-Foot Saturday 16, August 13, 2011

August 13, 2011

I’m disappointed in this alfalfa/grass stand.  There is as much Foxtail as alfalfa.

Looking at the positive though, I appreciate the rain which helped the alfalfa, grass, and weeds grow.  The farmers of Texas and the south probably haven’t had enough rain for weeds to grow.

Square-Foot Saturday 15, August 6, 2011

August 6, 2011

The alfalfa is growing, but so is the Foxtail, (weed).

Square-Foot Saturday 14, July 30, 2011

July 30, 2011


Square-Foot Saturday 13, July 23, 2011

July 23, 2011

The series without an ending.  Even after I’m gone, the land will still be here.

I have a box of arrowhead fragments, which the previous owner found during years of plowing and erosion.  Through conservation efforts, some of which he started, we no longer lose enough soil to find arrowheads.  But the box helps me remember we’re just here for awhile.

Square-Foot Saturday 12, July 16, 2011

July 16, 2011

I cut the oats with the haybine yesterday.  A severe storm blew in Monday morning and flattened the field, pictured below.  It flattened the corn as well, but the corn is straightening itself back up.  The oats won’t come back up this late in their life cycle, so they would be close to impossible to combine, (removing the grain from the straw).  We’ll bale the whole plant instead, and feed it as a forage.

This is definitely not what I envisioned when I started this series.  We planted late, the weeds were coming worse than usual, and now the oats blew down.  I guess I’m illustrating the Eisenhower quote:

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
—  Dwight Eisenhower

Square-Foot Saturday 10, July 2, 2011

July 2, 2011

I took the second photo from a different angle.  I used to kneel, but the oats are taller than me kneeling, now.

Square-Foot Saturday 9, June 26, 2011

June 26, 2011

Welcome visitors.  This post is a day late.  Been laid up with lower back pain.  Coming off the Percocet.

Square-Foot Saturday 8, June 18, 2011

June 18, 2011

The oats are starting to head out.  We always plant an early-maturing variety.  “Badger” is the variety this year.

It’s interesting that even though we planted a month later than last year, it’s probably going to mature at about the same time.

Square-Foot Saturday 7, June 12, 2011

June 12, 2011

A day late.